John Riddell: Democracy in Lenin's Comintern

How did Communist parties handle issues of internal discipline and democracy in Lenin’s time? The recent intense discussion within the British Socialist Workers’ Party (SWP) and beyond has heard claims that the SWP rests on the traditions of democratic centralism inherited from the Bolsheviks.

John Riddell: Democracy in Lenin's Comintern

Richard Atkinson: Death and the Bedroom Tax

Some extended thoughts about Stephanie Bottrill, the woman who committed suicide because of the bedroom tax.

Richard Atkinson: Death and the Bedroom Tax

Dave Renton: Who Was Blair Peach?

Today marks the 35th anniversary of the killing of Blair Peach by the police. David Renton looks back at Blair Peach’s life as a poet, trade unionist and committed antifascist

Dave Renton: Who Was Blair Peach?

Bunny La Roche: Nasty Little Nigel gets a rude welcome to Kent

Bunny La Roche of RS21 on Nigel Farage's visit to Kent

Bunny La Roche: Nasty Little Nigel gets a rude welcome to Kent

Financial Appeal

We're up and running! An appeal for funds to kickstart the IS Network

Financial Appeal

Higher education strike - Liverpool

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The universities strike in Liverpool was a success: all classes at Liverpool Hope University were cancelled by management, as were many at Liverpool John Moores Uni, while the University of Liverpool campus was ghostly compared to normal.

Everyone stressed the importance of joint action and the need to hold joint union meetings and activity from now on. A rejuvenated network of radical students on campus joined the pickets, but the logic of fees and marketisation in antagonising staff and students is noticeable, as are the academic staff not regarding themselves as 'workers'.

Liverpool strike march

The sizeable strike rally of around 300 then had an ad hoc march into the city centre taking over main roads with no police escort in sight. A detour was made to visit Vince Cable MP who was scheduled to speak in Liverpool (and would be crossing a picket to do so). Unfortunately he hadn't arrived so he missed the chants of 'Get the cable cutters'.

For a moment it felt like staff had the mood of the student protests in 2010. With Unison at the Uni of Liverpool balloting for industrial action over changes to contracts and possible outsourcing we'll see if the talk of joint action is genuine.